Let us begin with a bit of good news: this weekend promises a little nugget of sunshine and a whole lotta great things going on to compensate for the rain drops and grey skies. From there, we jump head first into this weekend’s goings on.
Coming into town this Friday are Japanese heavy hitters ONE OK ROCK, bringing their own brand of alternative music to Algonquin Commons Theatre. With millions of fans worldwide, the quartet regularly play arena shows in Japan that can hold over 20,000 people. Now is the chance to see them at an intimate venue on their first trip to Ottawa.
As in all great performances, this one too, had passed by too quickly. It is always a treat to hear a Claude Munson solo performance, where he becomes the troubadour and the songs are in their bare-bones essence.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out Bluesfest on Sunday night. Petty seemed at ease and enjoyed himself onstage with his bandmates, as well as with the audience, sending out big smiles, waves, and thank yous throughout the night.
Legendary performers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out year number 24 of Ottawa Bluesfest with a 2-hour long show on the City Stage that drew large-scaled numbers. Earlier in the night, country star Tim Hicks played to an energetic crowd. High Waters, Claude Munson and more also performed on the final night.
Local rapper and international sensation Night Lovell took to the stage after arriving at the LeBreton stop on the 97 Bayshore.
Those that wandered into the Barney Danson Theatre during Bluesfest early Friday night were treated to something more than your average bluegrass band. Ottawa trio Old Man Grant whipped up their own brand of bluegrass brew that had flavours of country, folk, New Orleans dixieland, and a hefty heaping of foot-stomping hillbilly goodness.
A stellar line-up of evening acts on both the Claridge and City Stages Friday night were interrupted sporadically due to the threat of approaching thunderstorms.
Jared Davidson: “The concert was very tight, and while Wainwright did three encores, he in no way overstayed his welcome.”
It was a very rainy night at Bluesfest. Unfortunately, lightning cancelled a lot of shows and shortened sets by others. However, Apt613 photographers managed to shoot several performances.
Josh “Socalled” Dolgin of Chelsea, Quebec is the kind of artist who defies categorization, in his case openly and verbally. He is different and that will be evident at his Canada Scene concert with Yves Lambert Saturday night in the Babs Asper Theatre at the National Arts Centre.
Day 7 was a crazy night at Bluesfest.
It may be one of the rainiest summers we’ve had in a while, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying all the activities this weekend! Summer favourites like the light show at Parliament Hill are back, it’s the final weekend of Bluesfest, and Canada Scene has shows aplenty! Enjoy!
Day 6 at Bluesfest saw energetic sets on all the stages as fans flocked to Lebreton Flats to dance the night away.
The Zombies closed the Bluesville stage Tuesday night with a 75-minute set that stole the hearts of listeners and brought back an enormously endearing wave of nostalgia in a combination of mega-hits, covers, and career off-shoot material.